The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is over, with mock drafts messed up, tossed out and mocked all over the Internet.
But what did all those mock drafts have to say about the possibilities for which players the Minnesota Vikings would take in the second and third rounds? In the real-world draft, where jobs are on the line, the possibilities are seemingly endless, especially after the way the first round shook out.
Even before the surprises of the first round, the mock drafts had plenty of differing opinions, but only one prospect was picked twice for the Vikings in the dozen mock drafts that went into the second round.
That player was Indiana offensive lineman Dan Feeney, who would likely project as a guard for the Vikings if they picked him with the No. 48 overall selection. The highest he was picked in the 212 versions of the 52 mocks used in the Mock Draft Muncher – a total of 8,288 picks recorded – was 24th overall and the lowest was 66th. His average draft position was 43.86, making his availability and value relatively close to Minnesota’s 48th pick.
Two other offensive linemen were among the dozen picks registered for the Vikings at 48 – Ohio State C Pat Elflein and Troy’s Antonio Garcia, who can play guard or right tackle in the NFL.
Three defensive tackles – Michigan State’s Malik McDowell, Florida’s Caleb Brantley and Oklahoma State’s Vincent Taylor – were among the picks projected to Minnesota at 48. Also on the defensive side of the ball were Florida LB Jarrad Davis, Kansas State LB Jordan Willis, and safeties Justin Evans (Texas A&M) and Josh Jones (NC State).
The only non-lineman on the offensive side of the ball was RB Joe Mixon.
Five mock drafts that we munched went into the third round.
All of them went offense with the Vikings’ 79th overall selection, including three offensive linemen – Roderick Johnson, Isaac Asiata (the cousin of former Vikings RB Matt Asiata) and Aviante Collins. RB Kareem Hunt and TE Gerald Everett were the other two projected to Minnesota with the 79th pick.
With the team’s second pick in the third round, 86th overall, three offensive players and two defensive players were projected. On defense, it was LB Alex Anzalone and DT Tanzel Smart. Asiata was one offensive linemen projected at that spot, along with tackle Adam Bisnowaty. The other pick was WR KD Cannon.
Details and profiles on all of those projected to the Vikings in the second and third round can be found here.
For the full Mock Draft Muncher, with links to player ranges and player pages, click here.